Officially, discussion of the Armenian genocide is taboo in Turkey, even 100 years after the crimes.But the issue is becoming harder for the country to suppress and many Turks are rediscovering their long-lost Armenian identities.The seemingly innocuous restaurant openings - reported in a Turkish newspaper earlier this month - have caused outrage in Turkey, leading to a spate of media coverage and even television shows explaining why the dish is Turkish and not Armenian, al-Monitor reported.Relations between the neighbours are notoriously fragile thanks to Turkey’s continued denial of the historically accepted 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide - and diplomatic channels between the two do not officially exist.Internet freedom remained largely uninhibited in the past year, though Armenia’s overall score declined somewhat after police physically attacked journalists livestreaming protests in Yerevan.The past year in Armenia has been marked by periods of civil unrest and regional conflict.Though Armenia adopted Christianity as a state religion as early as 301 A.D., it maintained this festival throughout the centuries and celebrates it in churches, 98 days after Orthodox Easter.
Recently released diplomatic dispatches show that Washington is particularly vigilant when it comes to Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. The month of April marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide.
The issue is still on the menu at next month’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will be hosted by Unesco in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Armenia is not the only country Turkey has been at odds with over food in the past.
Culinary spats born of deep historical tensions - including wars and forced movement of people - have led to ‘trademark wars’ with both Cyprus and Greece over halloumi, olives and baklava too, al-Monitor says.
Lehmacun or lamadjo is also popular in Israel, Lebanon and Syria.
An unusual television documentary shows what motivated the murderers and why Germany, and other countries, remained silent.